Đurđevac Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Koprivničko-križevačka županija
Site address
The cemetery was supposedly located at Stiska Street, on the territory of a Roma settlement. The address of the local municipal cemetery where one tombstone and a monument commemorating the Jewish cemetery (where the remnants from the Jewish cemetery were reburied) is located is Ivana Đuriševića Street 24-26.
GPS coordinates
46.03827, 17.0898
Perimeter length
The location is approximate.
Is the cemetery demolished
Type and height of existing fence
Preservation condition
Demolished and overbuilt Jewish cemetery
General site condition
According to a representative of the local municipality, the territory of the Jewish cemetery has been overbuilt. There is one Jewish tombstone brought to the municipal cemetery and there is a stone commemorating the Jewish cemetery (where the remnants from the Jewish cemetery were reburied) – on the same municipal cemetery.
Number of existing gravestones
There is one Jewish tombstone on municipal cemetery, which could be brought from that cemetery. According to some sources, 20 years ago there were two tombstones on the overbuilt site of the Jewish cemetery. ESJF surveyors were unable to verify this check it because the cemetery is located at on the territory of what today is a Roma settlement and access was not possible.
Date of oldest tombstone
Date of newest tombstone
Urgency of erecting a fence
Fence is not needed
Land ownership
Preserved construction on site
Drone surveys

Historical overview

The Đurđevac Jewish cemetery was built in 1860 yet the property was nationalized in 1958. During the 1960s and 1970s, the local Municipality and the Society for the Beautification of Places organized for the exhumation of the Jewish graves. The graves were moved to the local municipal cemetery. A memorial to the victims of the Holocaust in the form of a tomb was erected at the city cemetery. The inscription of the memorial states: “The remnants of the Jewish cemetery in Djurdjevac were buried at this place. In memory of fallen fighters and victims of Fascism.” In 2009, there were only two tombstones remaining on the site of the Jewish cemetery. On one of them, the carved blessing of Cohanim, was still visible. A Roma settlement is situated in the place of the former Jewish cemetery today.

Đurđevac is a town in the Koprivnica-Križevci County. It was first mentioned in 1267. During the 14th century, a fortress was built and in the 15th century, Đurđevac was known as both a town and fairground. During that time, that town was the site of numerous battles among nobility. In 1552, the entire region suffered from the Turkish invasion, yet the Ottoman army failed to capture the town’s fortress.

From the 16th to 18th centuries, Đurđevac was a border town and army units were stationed there. In the 19th century, the town and its surrounding area were famous for being the centers of agricultural production. In 1910, there were 8,707 inhabitants in the town, most of them Croats. There is little historical information about the Jewish population of Đurđevac. In 1931, there were 57 Jews and in 1941, only 20. The local Jews were the members of the Bjelovar Jewish community. The Jewish population of Đurđevac perished in the Holocaust. In 1947, there was only one Jew in Đurđevac . The building of the synagogue was sold in 1956. One of the most famous Jews born in Đurđevac was Boris Braun (1920 – 2018), a Zagreb University professor of agriculture and a Holocaust survivor. In 2005, Braun was named the Honorary Citizen of Đurđevac.

Đurđevac Jewish Cemetery
Đurđevac Jewish Cemetery
Đurđevac Jewish Cemetery
Đurđevac Jewish Cemetery